HealthDay News — Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are gaining in popularity, although the pill, female sterilization, and condoms are still more popular methods of birth control for women, according to a brief published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 years who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, 16% used oral contraceptive pills. Female sterilization was used by 15.5% of women, and 9.4% used male condoms.

Nearly one in three women (31%) aged 35 to 44 years used female sterilization compared with the less than 1% of women aged 15 to 24 years. Pill use was higher among younger women: almost one in four women aged 15 to 24 were using the pill.

The use of long-acting reversible contraception nearly doubled from the last report, issued five years ago, from 3.8% to 7.2% between 2011 and 2013. IUDs were used by 3.5% of women in 2006 to 2010 and by 6.4% of women in 2011 to 2013, according to the report, making them the most popular form of long-acting reversible contraception.

“Understanding variation in contraceptive use across social and demographic characteristics offers potential insight into larger fertility patterns, including birth rates and incidence of unintended pregnancies,” explained Kimberly Daniels, PhD, of NCHS.